Billing and Payment Questions

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by LBOperator, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. LBOperator

    LBOperator LawnSite Member
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    I am seeing a lot of you guys talk about "billing". Are you mowing yards and waiting a while to get paid with residential? Does that help you get more business? And is there anything wrong with wanting to get paid cash same day? I am just starting out and don't have a lot set back to mow yards for free, I am going to ask for cash upon completion, any thoughts.
     
  2. monoshock

    monoshock LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I only have three customers that pay when the mowing is done. Most of my customers want to be invoiced at the end of the month. I do have a few that pay ahead for the upcoming month :). I think it helps keep customers if you can wait to be payed.
     
  3. zacher

    zacher LawnSite Member
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    I agree that it makes things easier...I am just starting out really as well as I sold all accounts and equipment about a year and a half ago now. But I have always billed at the end of ever since I started a couple years back.

    Makes it easier for two reasons:

    1. Allows me to go anytime during the day and not have to schedule around when the customers will be home and I just leave a "we were here" paper with reference number

    2. Lets customers just pay like any other household bill this way they plan for it every month. A good landscaper in my opinion is one who keeps your lawn looking great without you ever having to touch it and you dont notice them...meaning its not always a task to get your lawn maintenance done..


    Those are just my opinions and I know people always do stuff different.
     
  4. monoshock

    monoshock LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I've had one of my best customers tell me that exact thing.
     
  5. zacher

    zacher LawnSite Member
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    My mentor when I was in high school told me to think like that and business will be gold. Sure every now and then the customer might be asked to pay a couple extra hundred dollars for new straw or mulch. Maybe a spring flower every now and then when they want it...but if your not knocking on their door asking for money every time you come they're alot more likely to hand over a check when its needed.
     
  6. LBOperator

    LBOperator LawnSite Member
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    Sounds good, I will have to balance it. I will have to recognize the dead beats and make sure to get cash on completion and bill the rest I guess.
     
  7. zacher

    zacher LawnSite Member
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    Billing is a lot easier than you think. Just have a contract...which is also a lot easier to create than you think. Because if it comes down to it in court with a lawyer it could be a stick figure drawing of you cutting the grass with an amount and their signature and you'll probably be alright.
     
  8. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    First of the month is for bills, booze, and babes.
     
  9. LBOperator

    LBOperator LawnSite Member
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    I am going to start off with Windows Pro Notebook, and eventually I will go into quick books or something, or heck I might just go buy a hand written receipt book and leave it at that, lol.
     
  10. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,339

    I do remote billing for several lawn services in my area to help with those who don't have accounting backgrounds. I use accountants quick books pro.
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